Ch 3: Geography for Elementary School

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This chapter can help students learn more about elementary school geography. Fun lessons explore the history and characteristics of specific regions, bodies of water and more and can work perfectly as in-class, homework or test prep aids.

Geography for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

Help your student become confident in elementary school geography by taking advantage of the quality lessons in this chapter. By reviewing lessons prepared and presented by expert instructors, children can learn about important world regions, major bodies of water and historical landmarks. Lessons also delve into the tools and resources students can use to better understand these geographical regions. A self-assessment quiz is available with each lesson to gauge students' comprehension of geography. Any questions about lesson concepts can be submitted to our knowledgeable experts.

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Kids who need extra help with geography will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about geography.

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding social studies problems that involve geography
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61 Lessons in Chapter 3: Geography for Elementary School
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Regions of Texas: Lesson for Kids

1. Regions of Texas: Lesson for Kids

Studying geography, or the physical features of land, can be very interesting! We can discover why people and animals live in certain areas called regions. In this lesson, we will learn about the geography and four regions of the Lone Star State, Texas!

History of Thailand: Lesson for Kids

2. History of Thailand: Lesson for Kids

The written history of Thailand stretches back nearly one thousand years, but southeastern Asian civilization is older still. From its earliest cities to the modern nation, learn about Thailand's history of growth, conquest, colonization, and revolution.

Geography of Italy: Lesson for Kids

3. Geography of Italy: Lesson for Kids

From massive mountains in the north to warm beaches in the south, the nation of Italy has a wide range of physical and cultural features. Learn about the nation of Italy and what it has to offer.

Geography of Greece: Lesson for Kids

4. Geography of Greece: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll explore the European nation of Greece. Learn about the geographical location of this country as well as the landforms and cities that make it a unique and special place.

Types of Soil: Lesson for Kids

5. Types of Soil: Lesson for Kids

Soil is something that is necessary for animals and humans to survive. Learn what soil is, explore different types of soils, and discover what makes some types better for growing plants than others.

Soil Formation: Lesson for Kids

6. Soil Formation: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll discuss the materials needed to make soil--organic matter and parent material. We'll also talk about the two main processes that break down rocks: weathering and erosion.

Soil Layers: Lesson for Kids

7. Soil Layers: Lesson for Kids

This lesson will teach about the layers of soil. We'll explore deep down into the Earth's crust and find out how these layers are formed and what happens in each layer.

Soil Profile Lesson for Kids

8. Soil Profile Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll learn about different layers of soil on the top of the Earth called a soil profile. Each layer has a specific name and characteristics.

Canada Lesson for Kids: Physical Regions & Map

9. Canada Lesson for Kids: Physical Regions & Map

Canada is divided into six physical regions. Come and learn about each of these regions, their defining characteristics and some fun facts about what makes each region special.

Compass Rose Lesson for Kids

10. Compass Rose Lesson for Kids

A compass is a handheld tool that helps you figure out in what direction you are going. A compass rose is a feature on a map that also tells people what direction to go to find certain places on the map. Learn all about them in this lesson.

Map Key Lesson for Kids

11. Map Key Lesson for Kids

Maps are visual representations of land, cities, even our entire planet Earth! In this lesson, we will learn about map keys and how they make maps easier for people to understand.

Map Scale Lesson for Kids

12. Map Scale Lesson for Kids

A map scale sounds like something you use to weigh a map, but it's actually a tool for measuring distance. Let's learn how to determine scale and how to use a map scale.

The Great Wall of China Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

13. The Great Wall of China Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

One of the most impressive achievements in human history, the Great Wall of China stretches across the northern part of the country. Learn about how the wall was built over the course of hundreds of years and what function it played in Chinese history.

The Silk Road Lesson for Kids Facts & History

14. The Silk Road Lesson for Kids Facts & History

The Silk Road was a trade network that stretched thousands of miles between Europe and China. In this lesson, we'll talk about this network, how the Silk Road created trade, and how it made some people very rich.

Forbidden City Lesson for Kids

15. Forbidden City Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wanted to design a house, just for you? What if you could design a whole palace?Let's learn about a palace that was designed just for the emperor, the Forbidden City.

History of Mexico Lesson for Kids

16. History of Mexico Lesson for Kids

Mexico is a successful country with many tourist attractions. In this lesson, we'll learn about how Mexico became a country, the native civilizations, and the battles fought for land.

Atlantic Ocean Facts: Lesson for Kids

17. Atlantic Ocean Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Atlantic stretches from the top to the bottom of the globe, dividing the continents of the Americas with Africa, Europe, and Asia. Learn about this vast ocean, the creatures that inhabit it, and how it affects planet Earth.

Continent Facts: Lesson for Kids

18. Continent Facts: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wondered how Earth is divided into pieces of land? This lesson will teach you about the continents that make up Earth as well as the countries within those continents.

Pacific Ocean Facts: Lesson for Kids

19. Pacific Ocean Facts: Lesson for Kids

There are many oceans on Earth, and the Pacific Ocean is one of them. Come learn about this huge ocean, how deep it gets, some interesting animals that live there, and other cool facts about this big body of salty water.

Panama Canal Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

20. Panama Canal Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

This lesson talks about one of the world's coolest shortcuts - the Panama Canal. Find out why and how the canal was built, how it works, and other neat facts about this Central American waterway.

Queensland Facts: Lesson for Kids

21. Queensland Facts: Lesson for Kids

Australia is a country with states, just like the United States, and Queensland is one of them. Come learn about where Queensland is, what animals live there and some other neat facts about this Australian state.

The 5 Regions of the United States: Lesson for Kids

22. The 5 Regions of the United States: Lesson for Kids

What if you could see the United States differently? Instead of seeing a collection of 50 states, you see it as large chunks of land. In this lesson, you will learn about the 5 main regions of the United States and what makes each one special.

United States Geography: Lesson for Kids

23. United States Geography: Lesson for Kids

What do a mountain, a river, and a desert have in common? They all are part of the geography of the United States! In this lesson, you will learn about some of the greatest places that make up the geography of the USA.

Parts of a Map Lesson for Kids

24. Parts of a Map Lesson for Kids

Maps use important features to help represent real-life areas in a more manageable way. In this lesson, we'll look at the parts of a map and how they can help us to better understand the land maps represent.

Africa Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

25. Africa Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Africa includes some of the earliest signs of human culture. Home to over one billion people, Africa is the second largest continent in the world, with over 54 separate countries with their own unique peoples and cultures. Learn more in this lesson!

Appalachian Mountains Facts: Lesson for Kids

26. Appalachian Mountains Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Appalachian Mountains are a beautiful mountain range that make up a large part of the geography of the eastern part of North America. Let's find out more about the amazing diversity of life found here and ways people use the mountains.

Chicago Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

27. Chicago Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Chicago is one of the largest cities in the United States. Learn more about the history, modes of transportation, and landmarks of this famous metropolitan area!

Himalayas Facts: Lesson for Kids

28. Himalayas Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Himalayas are a mountain range in Asia. The countries of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are in the Himalayan region. The Himalayas are home to most of the tallest mountains on Earth.

London Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

29. London Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

This lesson will teach you about the history of London, England. We'll learn about how the city of London began and how it has become the city that it is today. We'll also look at how this city has risen up over much destruction over the years.

Map Activities for Kids

30. Map Activities for Kids

If you have ever been to a zoo, amusement park or museum, you may remember getting a map to tell you where to go. Maps can be fun if you use your imagination. Read this lesson for some map activity ideas.

Mexico City Facts: Lesson for Kids

31. Mexico City Facts: Lesson for Kids

Mexico City is the capital of Mexico. This lesson will teach you about Mexico City, where in Mexico you can find it, what the people who live there are called, how high up it is, and some other cool facts about this big city.

Mississippi River Facts: Lesson for Kids

32. Mississippi River Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Mississippi River is one of the longest rivers in North America. It flows from its source at Lake Itasca in north central Minnesota, and ends in Louisiana where it meets the Gulf of Mexico.

Mojave Desert Facts: Lesson for Kids

33. Mojave Desert Facts: Lesson for Kids

Can you think of some words to describe a desert? How about hot? dry? sandy? All of these words could describe the Mojave Desert in the southwestern United States. This lesson will describe what it is like in the Mojave Desert.

Mountain Facts & Definition: Lesson for Kids

34. Mountain Facts & Definition: Lesson for Kids

We all love to spend time in the mountains. In winter, we are thrilled to slide downhill on sleds, skis, or snowboards. In summer, we hike, climb, and camp. But what makes mountains so special? How do they get to be so unique and inspiring?

New York City Facts: Lesson for Kids

35. New York City Facts: Lesson for Kids

There are cities, and then there is New York City, one of the most fascinating places in the world. In this lesson, learn about the history and amazing culture, as well as some astounding statistics about this United States city.

History of New York City: Lesson for Kids

36. History of New York City: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson you'll learn about New York City, one of the most famous cities in the world. You'll study New York City's history and explore how the city has changed over the years.

North Pole Facts: Lesson for Kids

37. North Pole Facts: Lesson for Kids

We all know why the North Pole becomes popular in December. In this lesson, explore beyond the holiday images and discover the climate, wildlife, and unique aspects of the northernmost point on the globe!

Paris Facts: Lesson for Kids

38. Paris Facts: Lesson for Kids

Paris is known as the 'City of Lights' and the 'City of Love.' Learn about this amazing city's history, attractions and culture. Maybe this will inspire you to plan a visit!

Rio Grande River Facts: Lesson for Kids

39. Rio Grande River Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Rio Grande is one of the longest rivers in the United States. In this lesson, discover where the Rio Grande is located, its history and current uses, and the geographical features of this famous river.

River Facts: Lesson for Kids

40. River Facts: Lesson for Kids

Did you know that rivers only make up less than 1% of the world's water? This doesn't make them any less important, so read on to see how rivers are formed, and learn about river wildlife and some of the most famous rivers in the world.

Ganges River Facts: Lesson for Kids

41. Ganges River Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Ganges or Ganga is a river that flows through the countries of India and Bangladesh in Asia. It is an important river not only for its water, but because it is a spiritual place for many Hindu people.

Mersey River in England: Lesson for Kids

42. Mersey River in England: Lesson for Kids

Splashing in the estuary of the Mersey River in England are bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic gray seals. This river is more than a habitat to some amazing aquatic life. Read on to learn more about the history of this river and how it functions today.

Seine River Facts: Lesson for Kids

43. Seine River Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Seine is France's second longest river and one of the most common tourist attractions in the capital city of Paris. Let's travel down this river and learn how people use it daily. Keep count of the many bridges you go under, as your final count should be 37.

Thames River Facts: Lesson for Kids

44. Thames River Facts: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll learn some interesting facts about the Thames River (or River Thames) in London, England. Continue reading and start learning about this river now.

Sahara Desert Facts: Lesson for Kids

45. Sahara Desert Facts: Lesson for Kids

It is 3.5 million square miles of sand and sun! No we are not talking about laying on a beach at the ocean in the sand, sun, and fun. You will be learning about one of the world's largest deserts and one of the harshest environments on Earth, the great Sahara Desert.

San Francisco Facts: Lesson for Kids

46. San Francisco Facts: Lesson for Kids

San Francisco is a famous city located in California. In this lesson, explore the city's history, geography and climate, the culture and famous attractions that make it a popular place to visit!

Temperate Forest Facts: Lesson for Kids

47. Temperate Forest Facts: Lesson for Kids

If you look outside, you are likely to see some kind of trees. We all know that forests have a lot of different trees, but did you know that there are also different kinds of forests? This lesson will explore a type of forest known as temperate.

Valley Facts: Lesson for Kids

48. Valley Facts: Lesson for Kids

A valley is a type of landform found in areas with hills or mountains. In this lesson, learn about different types of valleys, how they are created, and some famous valleys around the world!

Washington, D.C. Facts: Lesson for Kids

49. Washington, D.C. Facts: Lesson for Kids

Did you know Washington, D.C., wasn't always the capital of the United States? Find out more about the history of Washington, D.C., and what makes it is such a special city.

Waterfall Facts: Lesson for Kids

50. Waterfall Facts: Lesson for Kids

Waterfalls are one of nature's most beautiful attractions! In this lesson, learn some new facts about waterfalls. Find out about some of the most famous waterfalls in the world.

Yangtze River Facts: Lesson for Kids

51. Yangtze River Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Yangtze River is China's longest river, and the longest river in Asia. It is the third Longest River after the Nile and the Amazon. Learn more about this massive waterway.

How to Use a Compass: Lesson for Kids

52. How to Use a Compass: Lesson for Kids

Knowing how to read a compass is an important skill, especially if you enjoy hiking or exploring the outdoors. Learn about what different types of compasses do, their different parts and how to read a compass in a real-life situation.

Land Bridge Theory: Lesson for Kids

53. Land Bridge Theory: Lesson for Kids

Many years ago, large glaciers locked up much of the seawater, which exposed big stretches of land. In this lesson, you'll learn about the land bridge theory, which may explain how the first people made their way to North America.

Indus River Valley: Lesson for Kids

54. Indus River Valley: Lesson for Kids

This lesson is about the location and history of the Indus River Valley in Asia. At one time, the Indus River Valley was home to a large ancient civilization. Learn about this civilization and its people.

Island Facts: Lesson for Kids

55. Island Facts: Lesson for Kids

If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only bring one thing with you, what would it be? I bet you've heard this question before and have an idea about what an island is. This lesson will teach you all about islands!

Southwest Region of the US Facts: Lesson for Kids

56. Southwest Region of the US Facts: Lesson for Kids

Deserts and rattlesnakes and heat, oh my! The Southwest region of the United States is a fascinating area filled with lots of sand and very few people. This lesson will teach you all about this hot, dry region of the U.S.

Geography Definition: Lesson for Kids

57. Geography Definition: Lesson for Kids

If you like to travel and see beautiful sights around the world, then geography is for you! This lesson will give you an overview of geography and how you can use it to learn about our world.

Great Salt Lake Facts: Lesson for Kids

58. Great Salt Lake Facts: Lesson for Kids

This lesson describes the unique aspects of the Great Salt Lake located in the Great Basin of the American West. It also provides some of the history of the area including the settlement of the Mormons in the 1840s.

Five Themes of Geography: Lesson for Kids

59. Five Themes of Geography: Lesson for Kids

The Five Themes of Geography are important to know when looking at any topic in the field of geography. This lesson will explain those themes and how we can use them.

Geography of Japan Lesson for Kids

60. Geography of Japan Lesson for Kids

Japan is a country on the continent of Asia with many special geographic features. In this lesson, we'll take an imaginary trip to this collection of islands, and learn about the different features of the land in Japan.

Soil Profile Project Ideas

61. Soil Profile Project Ideas

Soil profiles can help researchers understand the composition of the soil and major issues of erosion or soil stability. These projects can help your students approach this material in engaging ways.

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